It's no secret I live in a builder grade, track home. There are pros and cons to these types of houses. They are generally new(er), therefore have less required maintenance. I like the neighborhood atmosphere and that my kids have friends nearby to play with. The neighborhood amenities are nice, we have a clubhouse to use for events, a pool and a weight room. The cons are, they all pretty much look the same. They are lacking in sublime quality as well as character. You just don't have the opportunity for custom or special features in a house that is being built with time line as the top priority. Thankfully, with a little imagination and DIY skills, character and "custom" features, can be added!Read More
The time is here again! The time to hit the thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and the side of the road for something to repurpose and redesign into a home decor item fit for the shelves of Home Goods! Just a reminder or recap if this is the first time you're joining us for this series... I joined up with 8 other amazing bloggers and Instagram friends to collaborate on this series together. We can not spend more than $20 and we all hope to encourage and inspire you to join us and make some salvage swagger of your own! If you want to play with us on Instagram just use the hashtag #salvageswagger and post your transformation any time! We pick a winner each week to feature on our feeds! So fun!
So now the fun part, showing you my item to transform. I have to apologize in advance for my lack of pictures! Pictures are my favorite part of my blog and I'm really lacking in today's post. I'm preparing for my first booth at The Hartville Marketplace Memorial Day sales and things have been slightly crazy over here to say the least!
So here she is! It's hard to tell the size from the photo alone but it's about 24"h x 27"w and I love the little cubbies! I found this at an antique store, no story behind it, but it looks homemade. I really stretched the budget and spent exactly $20 on this! I think it's absolutely worth it!
The materials I need to repurpose this beauty I already had so no additional $$ needed to be spent! Always a good thing! I simply needed paint and stencils. I generally make my own stencils using my cricut cutter so I can adjust the size and font as needed for each project. It may take a bit more time, but I always get a more customized look!
I painted it all white using the new chalky finish paint sold at Lowes by Valspar. I wanted a pure white, so the kind lady at the counter added some brightness to the lightest color available and it is great. So far I'm really impressed with this paint compared to some other brands of chalk paint I have used.
I then added the stenciled numbers, one for each cubby, directly below the openings. I used a craft chalk paint sold at your local craft store or online, by Americana Decor in the color Relic.
Here she is now! Of course I had to sand and distress the whole thing...I wanted the numbers to look as if they had been there for a long time. I'm really pleased with how it turned out! I wish I had time to take really pretty pictures with something other than my iphone, but alas there are only 24 hours a day, and I am currently using 27!
Actually I am planning on taking this piece to my booth this weekend! As much as I love it, and I can't say I'll come across an original piece like this again, I simply have no room to keep it. Plus, I think with my newly acquired carpentry skills, I just may be able to make this from scratch!
Now I want you to head over to the other amazingly talented bloggers sites to check out their salvage swagger and repurposed pieces! You're sure to be amazed! Just click their names below, and if you're not already, be sure to follow us all on Instagram for more inspiration!